Welcome back to Sports Krunch with DKrom ladies and gentlemen, I’m your host David Kromelow. This is the fourth edition of our Dash To The Draft marathon, which will bring you seven episodes in an eight-day span. One of my favorite things to do during draft season is to determine if there are any rookies skill position players that can be the difference maker for my fantasy football team in both the short and long-term. And THE best resource to help you in that endeavor is Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio (RSP), 1700+ pages of original, in-depth content that will give you what you need to dominate your league on a consistent basis. A big reason why I know the RSP will give you such an advantage is the fact that Matt’s counsel is constantly sought by NFL front offices throughout the draft process. It is a pleasure to welcome Matt Waldman back to the program to discuss his recently released 2018 RSP. How are you Matt?
- An amazing part of your RSP is that it goes against the grain of conventional wisdom both on Draft Twitter as well as within the NFL itself. You have Lamar Jackson as your second-ranked QB, one spot higher than the guy I still expect to be the first overall pick, Sam Darnold. What makes you believe Lamar Jackson will have a better impact in fantasy football (and/or real football) than Sam Darnold?
- Let’s talk about your #4 QB Baker Mayfield. Personally, Mayfield is my favorite QB in this draft. His intangibles are off the charts and his accuracy and ability to process the field are super advanced, particularly for a quarterback coming out of a Big XII spread offense. However, you have opened my eyes to the holes in his game, particularly his current inability to stay in the pocket and beat man coverage. That said, it would be an absolute shock at this point if Mayfield doesn’t get picked by the Jets at three, a team that many have told me on this program has an offensive scheme that’s tailor made for him. Do you share that view and if so, how early of a pick would you be willing to spend on him in a re-draft league with keeper options?
- Another fascinating observation when glancing through your RSP was seeing that you have Nick Chubb as your #1 ranked RB, ahead of Saquon Barkley, whom many believe is the best overall prospect in this class. You said Chubb earned a slightly higher grade because of the “decision-making aspect of vision.” What makes vision one of the most (if not THE most) important aspects of running back play and how worrisome to you is Saquon Barkley’s vision?
- Later on in the RB chapter of the 2018 RSP, you have another interesting ranking…and that is Justin Jackson, from my next door neighbor Northwestern University, is your #7 ranked RB, one spot ahead of USC’s Ronald Jones, who is expected to be an early Day 2 pick at the latest, and two spots ahead of San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny, who will likely go Day 2 as well. What makes you slightly higher on Jackson’s long-term potential compared to that of Jones and Penny?
- As far as WR’s are concerned, you have yet another outside-the-box #1 at the position…Washington’s Dante Pettis. What makes him stand out the most in one of the more underwhelming WR classes we’ve seen in recent years?
- The first two WR’s expected to go off the board in two weeks are Calvin Ridley and D.J. Moore. They received the exact same grade from you but you gave the tiebreaker to Ridley because of his slightly higher Breadth of Talent score. What traits in Ridley’s game give him the ever-so-slight edge over Moore?
- It is rare to see immediate, starter-level production from rookie tight ends. However, we saw it last year with Evan Engram, who posted 64 receptions for 722 yards and 6 TD’s. Is there any 2018 rookie TE that could come close to that stat-line this year such as Dallas Goedert, Mike Gesicki and Hayden Hurst?
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That’s it for today here on Sports Krunch with DKrom. Stay tuned for the remainderof our Dash To The Draft extravaganza, which will involve the completion of our division-by-division draft previews!! Also, be sure to check out the episode archive (including our 100th episode special, my interview with long-time NFL scout Greg Gabriel) as well as an up-to-date blog of mine at SportsKrunch.com!! And if you enjoy these podcast episodes please consider leaving us an iTunes review and donating to our Patreon at Patreon.com/SportsKrunch so we can improve our iTunes ranking and afford to produce even more shows with awesome guests like Matt, especially since there’s NEVER an “offseason” for talking football.
For Matt Waldman, our producer Chris Brodhead, this is David Kromelow saying so long, and as always, stay awesome!!!
Matt’s Twitter handle: @MattWaldman